Freo Fire Fund Update – 31 May 2020

Since the establishment of the Freo Fire Fund in January 2020, in response to the severe bushfires in Australia this year, the Freo Fire Fund community has raised $113,870 (as of 31 May 2020), 

Grants Distributed from Freo Fire Fund

Grant Round 1 – $25,000 – Announced on 5 February 2020

Country Fire Authority – VIC $4,000
Funds will be directed to help fund the work of Brigades in the local community. This includes equipping the brigades with trucks and safety equipment as well as funding community programs and initiatives to prepare the community ahead of the fire season.

Community Foundation for Tumut Region – $9,000
The Community Foundation for the Tumut Region is coordinating a donation appeal for victims directly affected by fires, which have claimed more than 180 homes and tore through more than 300,000 hectares.

Gondwana Link – $3,000
There have been big fires in the Stirling Ranges (including Noongar country) and in the Great Western Woodlands (including Ngadju country) in significant biodiversity hotspots. Gondwana Link can receive funds and direct them to where they are needed locally as efforts are identified after the fires clear. These include supporting Noongar and Ngadju rangers to be involved in post-fire monitoring and cultural burning.

NSW Rural Fire Service $4,000
Grants to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) directly benefit volunteer firefighters and are always gratefully received. These funds directly assist brigades in conducting their community activities.

Wildlife Victoria $5,000
The Victorian Bushfire Appeal of Wildlife Victoria will be distributed to wildlife shelters to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.

Grant Round 2 – $50,000 – Announced on 30 March 2020

Australian Wildlife Conservancy – $7,500
Australian Wildlife Conservancy protects endangered wildlife across more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, and the Top End. AWC is currently directly important resources to fire-hit areas such as the Blue Mountains and Kangaroo Island to prevent animal extinction.

Border Trust – $10,000
The recent bushfires have taken a lasting toll on the townships, the people and the wildlife that make up the Albury and Wodonga Region. Support for Border Trust will help deliver programs that specifically address the mental health and wellbeing of people in their region. Freo Fire Fund will assist another community to support itself.

Gondwana Link – $15,000
The recent, destructive fires show us that we urgently need to re-imagine the contemporary conventional approach to land management in Australia, including how to work with fire. Aboriginal Australians have managed the land of the Australian continent continuously for more than 65,000 years. A big part of this land-management practice has involved the use of fire.

Gondwana Link will be supported by the Freo Fire Fund to continue their efforts to learn and explore how Aboriginal people made fire their friend, and how this wisdom can help all of us going forward.

Kangaroo Island Community Foundation Establishment – $10,000
When there is a community foundation operating in a disaster area, that foundation can bring local leaders into important immediate efforts and play the long-term rebuilding role. The Freo Fire Fund will help Kangaroo Island to establish a community foundation to assist its recovery effort.

Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) – $7,500
WIRES provides national emergency relief support for animals affected by fires.
For some surviving animals, unprecedented actions to preserve the future of their species may be required. Due to the horrific fires, drought and extreme weather, surviving animals are also facing ongoing challenges due to lack of food, water, and habitat.

Further Grant Rounds to be announced.